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The Great Urban Outdoors!

Who said getting into the great outdoors meant getting out of the city? Get your nature fix in city limits by hiking a secret stairway in Oakland or exploring a couple of handsome parks in San Francisco.

Week 04.06.2017
Regions Northern CA

Secret Stairway Hike

Secret Stairway Hike in Oakland

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Secret passageways aren’t just found in the movies. The East Bay has over 400 of them winding unseen through the hillsides. Explore Oakland’s hidden passages on a 6-mile urban loop hike using shortcuts originally built to help an influx of residents reach streetcars post-190…
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Full Moon Adventureland

Redding Area Full Moon Adventures

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Located forty minutes from Redding in Northern California, iconic Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to famous Lassen Peak, the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range. The 2.5-mile (one-way) hike to its summit (once the snow has cleared!) is utterly spectacular as a…
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Rove the Cove

Wander or Bike San Francisco's Warm Water Cove

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Today’s San Francisco still has a few places where bits of interesting grit exist. Warm Water Cove is an urban waterfront blending serene bay views and relics of days past when this rugged alcove hosted impromptu punk shows. Located off the beaten track in the Dogpatch…
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The Original SF Giants

Hiking the redwood grove and wildflower displays at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

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The Giants’ opening day is on its way (April 10!). Before the baseball team, came the original San Francisco Giants: coast redwoods, the tallest living things on earth! Old-growth coast redwoods once flourished in great numbers here until logging altered the landscape. Thankfully…
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    Choose the easiest and most view-rewarding hike in Yosemite. Okay, we’ll go first: the combination of hiking to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. Both of these lookouts are within a couple miles of each other on Glacier Point Road

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    Nice Ring to It

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